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Fresh Start Devotionals

Flatlanders Growing up on the plains of West Texas is pretty much the same one place as it is another. The land is flat-everywhere. No hills, mesas or mountains, just flat land. The folks that live out there have learned that if you add a little water to the flat land, it makes a pretty good place to plant cotton. And that’s what they do. Farming and ranching fuels the economy. There isn’t tourism where I grew up, after all, who wants to see flat land? On a clear night we could see the glow from the big city some 90 miles south of us. We can see a long way out there-no mountains to obstruct the view. Now, I don’t want to give you the wrong impression-not all the land is flat. Just to the East of where I grew up is the Caprock-a beautiful system of canyons that plunges into the earth-an inverted mountain of sorts. From the top of the caprock, it is easy to see different colors of soil and rock layers, vegetation and wildlife. I can still close my eyes and see it. I don’t know if it …

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

February 19 WHY SHOULD HE LOVE ME SO? Words and Music by Robert Harkness, 1880–1961 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) In the deepest sense, love is a prerequisite of the whole Christian faith. It begins with God since His basic attribute is love (1 John 4:8). The Father then supplied a model of sacrificial love by providing salvation for man through the atoning work of Christ. Also He gave us the indwelling Holy Spirit so we could respond to Him and seek to imitate His love in service to others. How our society languishes for a living demonstration of God’s love by Christians in every relationship of life! Reflecting seriously on God’s redemptive love in sending His only Son to suffer and die for each of us personally should create within us a deep sense of unworthiness and devotion. Why should the Creator of the universe do all this for me? I was rebellious, a sinner, an en…